AUT University’s Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack has welcomed an announcement that government will support their Manukau campus expansion with 4,100 new equivalent full time students to the value of $90 million.
The first commitment of the university will be to provide a wider variety of majors to enable more students to complete their full degree on campus.
The Manukau campus was officially opened in March 2010, with the first 200 students graduating in December 2012 and 50 gaining postgraduate qualifications. This year the university is expecting 750 enrolments on Manukau campus, increasing to 1,000 by 2014.
McCormack thanked the government for their support: “We have a part to play in increasing university access for all. AUT has increased student placements by 12,000 and last year alone celebrated 7,000 graduates. We now have the ability to grow the Manukau campus student enrolments.”
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says that they have a goal of 55 percent of all 25-34 year olds having a tertiary education qualification in New Zealand. “A huge amount of work needs to be done to reach this target and I am confident that AUT, as the best young and vibrant university in New Zealand, will contribute to this,” says Joyce.
Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples also supports the announcement. “Maori are the first to be laid off in tough times and the last to be re-employed, and we know that is the result of an education gap. A one-size-fits-all approach to education does not work – we need to provide choice for our Maori and Pacific students. AUT strives to provide this choice and deserves the title the University of the Changing World.”